Thomas Meunier has questioned Kylian Mbappe’s “cinematic” attitude following France’s World Cup semi-final win over Belgium, warning him that his behaviour is a long way from that of Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo.
Red Devils defender Meunier missed the clash on Tuesday through suspension as Samuel Umtiti’s second-half goal denied Belgium the chance to contest a first World Cup final.
That defeat means Roberto Martinez’s side now face England – who they beat 1-0 in the group stages – on Saturday in the play-off to determine third and fourth place in the tournament.
Speaking ahead of that game, Meunier could not contain his frustration at Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Mbappe’s time-wasting during the semi-final clash, telling the 19-year-old that he needs to eradicate that side of his game if he is to become an all-time great.
“In Paris, I have rarely seen him waste time the way he did towards the end against us,” he told a press conference.
“I am sure he was instructed to do that. Kylian is super talented and a future superstar. I hope that he is not being badly influenced.
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